Yesterday I was doing an interview and was asked about the prospect of social software for government. I pointed out use cases for activism, government as an organization and how Socialtext had three prominent Democratic campaigns as customers. Unfortunately and admittedly Dean, Kerry and Raseij lost.
I was asked if it was okay to have a political bias in business. I explained that we had a decision point on if to serve a Republican campaign as a customer when the business was just four founders. We did, and using the metaphor of a phone company, instilled a principle of non-discrimination for customers.
But just because you are in business does not mean that you should not strongly express your views as an individual and citizen. For that, I thank Adam Bosworth for speaking up.